Yvette & Andrew’s Real Wedding

Yvette and Andrew's beautiful wedding was every bit as amazing as they dreamed it would be. Following an emotional ceremony, the couple celebrated their marriage in a vintage and country garden themed reception at the Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District.

Yvette and Andrew’s beautiful wedding was every bit as amazing as they dreamed it would be. Following an emotional ceremony, the couple celebrated their marriage in a vintage and country garden themed reception at the Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District.


Yvette and Andrew’s Romantic Country Garden Wedding

Yvette and Andrew’s love story began back in 2001 – he was a farmer and a regular at the pub where Yvette was working.

The pair grew closer and closer and soon realised that what they had was something special, especially as Yvette and Andrew both served as each other’s rock when times got tough.

During their 11th year of being together, things were already wonderful but Yvette decided that she wanted to take things onto the next big step – so she planned a leap year proposal!

Whilst away on holiday, Yvette surprised Andrew on the last day by presenting him with a small glass paperweight engraved with the words ‘marry me’.

Andrew was lost for words at this incredibly romantic proposal, but just about managed to utter the words ‘of course I will’ to a teary and emotional Yvette!

The journey to the aisle was not a smooth one however, as tragedy struck during their engagement when Andrew was severely injured by a bull at a cattle auction.

Although he was very lucky to have survived the attack, Andrew sustained long term injuries as a result and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.

It was a very tough three years following their engagement, but the couple remained strong despite all odds and vowed to plan their wedding so that they had something positive and exciting to look forward to.

And Yvette and Andrew’s wedding certainly was the beautiful celebration that they deserved after all that they had been through.

They tied the knot at the Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District in front of their closest friends and family, opting for a gorgeous vintage vibe throughout their ceremony and reception.


Yvette’s Elegant and Classic Lace Wedding Dress

Yvette looked simply stunning in her classic and beautiful wedding dress.

Made by Lusan Mandongus, Yvette found the dress at Mia Bridal in Carlisle and knew it was the one, as she couldn’t bear to take it off!

Strapless and covered in intricate lace, Yvette fell in love with the design and its exquisite detail.

She even tried on a few other dresses just to make sure, but the strapless lace number was still the clear winner.

To create a vintage inspired look, Yvette researched which accessories to pair with her dress. She eventually opted for the Elizabeth heels from Emmy London, as well as their pearl and crystal rose hair piece which complemented the embellished empire waistband of her dress.

Yvette felt like a princess once her wedding beauty look was complete. Amy, the partner of Yvette’s cousin, styled her hair into a glamorous, loosely curled look with plenty of volume at the crown – this style looked amazing and really complemented Yvette’s headpiece!

Leonie from Heart and Soul gave Yvette a soft and subtle makeup look with pink and nude tones to enhance the blushing bride’s natural beauty.

Yvette chose just one bridesmaid to be by her side at her wedding – and of course, it had to be her close childhood friend Hannah. Hannah wore a blush pink dress from Ted Baker with lacy detail at the top, paired with a pretty and relaxed updo and minimal accessories.

As for the groom, Andrew picked out a dapper three piece suit from Edwards in Penrith. The stylish suit was an on trend shade of dark blue and this was paired with a white shirt, tan accessories and a polka dot blue tie.


Summer Wedding Flowers

Stunning flowers were used throughout Yvette and Andrew’s wedding, which really enhanced the summery, country garden feel of the day.

Yvette’s posy bouquet featured a pretty mix of peonies and roses in a soft and delicate colour palette of peach, pink and cream. Her bridesmaid Hannah also held a similar bouquet which complemented her blush pink dress wonderfully.

The flowers used throughout the ceremony were equally as beautiful – posies of flowers sat on the church pews at the ceremony and milk churns filled with hydrangeas decorated the entrance and the aisle.

To add a lovely vintage touch, retro bikes were propped up by the church doors and at the entrance of the hotel – both bikes were decorated with baskets of beautiful smelling flowers.

All of the gorgeous flowers at Yvette and Andrew’s real wedding were arranged by the talented Laura from Greenwheat Flowers.


An Emotional Wedding Ceremony

Andrew and Yvette decided to have a religious ceremony at their local church in Morland. After the sad death of Yvette’s brother in 2003, he was laid to rest in that church, so the couple felt that their ceremony would be a fitting tribute to him.

Yvette arrived to the ceremony in true vintage style in a 1949 classic car hired from Cars of Distinction. She was accompanied by her dad who had the proud honour of walking her down the aisle.

Andrew and Yvette wanted their ceremony to be filled with a romantic medley of classical music, so Yvette walked down the aisle with her dad to the traditional ‘Canon in D’ by Pachelbel – made even more special as it was performed by live musicians.

The ceremony was an incredibly emotional moment for not just the couple, but for all their friends and family too.

Yvette felt overcome with emotion when she reached her soulmate at the end of the aisle and also whilst reading her vows – in particular the part ‘in sickness and in health’, as the pair could really relate to this after everything that they had been through.

Luckily Yvette foresaw that the ceremony wouldn’t be leaving a dry eye in the house, so she thoughtfully put together packs of tissues for each lady and included a pretty floral Kath Kidston tissue! The labels read: ‘For your tears of happiness’.

When the happy couple were announced as husband and wife they were over the moon with joy! Andrew had chosen a sleek and simple palladium wedding band, whilst Yvette picked out a platinum diamond ring.


A Wedding Reception in the Lake District

From the moment Yvette and Andrew first visited the Linthwaite House Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria, they knew that it was the perfect venue for their reception.

They had always wanted to celebrate their wedding in the Lake District whilst overlooking the lake, so the location of the hotel ticked all of the boxes.

Peaceful, tranquil and tucked away from the rest of the world, the couple felt that the hotel would have the right atmosphere for their laidback wedding day. Plus, the grounds provided plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Yvette, Andrew and their wedding party had exclusive use of the venue for the day, so they could really soak up every moment and feel right at home.

The couple were also full of praise for the hotel’s helpful staff – including their wedding co-ordinator, Kate, who made everyone feel so welcome and ensured that every part of the day went without a single hitch.

The food, which was served up by Chris O’Callaghan and his team, was also a big highlight of the reception – with many guests commenting on how amazing it tasted!

Everybody tucked into canapes and elderflower champagne upon arrival at the hotel, followed by a feast of smoked ham risotto, roast beef with all the trimmings, sticky toffee pudding and cheese platters for evening nibbles.


A Vintage and Country Garden Wedding Theme

The whole feel of the wedding was incredibly romantic and beautiful, which is the exact vibe the couple were going for with their vintage and country garden theme.

The gorgeous centrepieces were large silver pedestal bowls filled with an abundance of blush pink and white flowers, similar to the ones that florist Laura used in the bouquets.

Surrounding the centrepieces were a number of scented tea light candles and a pretty scattering of fresh rose petals – we can only imagine how good the tables must’ve smelled!

Tables numbers were embellished with clusters of pearls to enhance the vintage feel and guests got to sit on pretty white wash chairs, decorated with lace and hessian bows. There’s no denying that the reception looked like vintage perfection!

Instead of wedding favours, Yvette and Andrew decided that they would instead make a donation to The Scleroderma Society on behalf of each guest – in tribute to Yvette’s late brother Simon.

Yvette made a scroll for each table which had a black and white photo of Simon, along with an explanation of why the charity was close to their hearts and that they wanted to give a donation instead.


A Vintage Lace Wedding Cake

The cake was a truly gorgeous creation. Made by Jo from the Cutie Pie Cake Co in Cumbria, it stood proudly at four tiers tall and had a vintage theme of course.

The cake was the centrepiece of the couple’s dessert table and each tier had a different design – decorated with a mix of florals, pink, white and mint green icing, and an intricate lace design.

The top of the cake was decorated with a vintage teacup, pearls and a peony for an extra pretty touch.

As well as looking good on the outside, the cake also had a delicious mix of flavoured sponges – including Victoria sponge, chocolate, lemon and fruit cake. It went down a treat and all the guests loved it!

Surrounding the beautiful vintage cake were a number of pretty cupcakes placed inside teacups and adorned with flags that had sweet little messages on.


A Honeymoon in Bora Bora

Yvette and Andrew’s wedding was just as emotional as they thought it would be, but they also couldn’t stop smiling and had the best day of their lives – made even more special by the fact that they were surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

Not only was the atmosphere and theme of the day the perfect fit for the couple’s personalities, the music also helped set a beautiful and romantic tone.

Harpist Clare Bakewell played a stunning mix of contemporary and classical pieces throughout the drinks reception on the hotel’s patio, whilst solo guitarist Pete Lashley provided the evening music – which everyone happily danced the night away to!

Although Andrew let Yvette take the reins for most of the wedding planning, he had just one request for the first dance song – ‘All of Me’ by John Legend. Poignant and beautiful, it definitely summed up the couple’s relationship.

The pair were also so pleased with their videographer Rebecca Reville and their photographer Lisa Aldersley – the wedding went by so quickly, so they were glad that all the best moments of the day were captured for them to relive after.

After their perfect wedding day, Yvette and Andrew jetted off on honeymoon to Bora Bora where they spent 10 days in paradise. They even got to stay in an overwater villa!

They chose this particular destination because they got engaged in the South Pacific and felt that it would be fitting to return there for their honeymoon.

It was the relaxing getaway the couple needed following the hectic lead up to the wedding – so cocktails on the beach were definitely in order for this perfect pair!

Andrew & Yvette’s supplier list
Photography by: Lisa Aldersley Photography
Venue by: Linthwaite House Hotel
Bridalwear Shop by: Mia Bridal
Groom Attire by: Edwards Menswear
Cakes by: Cutie pie Cake Co


First Dance: All Of Me by: John Legend